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Cremations Sydney – Differences to a Burial and What Does it Actually Involve

Losing someone close to you is one of the hardest things we ever have to face. For many of us, burying a loved one is how we say goodbye in an extremely special and personal way that is hard for any other kind of service to match. But what if burial isn’t your first choice?

Cremations offer a more straightforward and respectful alternative that can produce beautiful memories just as powerful as laying our beloved family members and friends to rest.

Here at Personal Farewells, we strive to help our clients send off their loved ones in a memorable way that is respectful of their wishes.

In this blog, we’ll be exploring the differences between cremations and burials, delving deeper into exactly what is involved in the cremation process, to give you a better idea if this is the right fit for your particular circumstances.

What is a Direct Cremation?

Direct Cremation is a simple and affordable option for those who prefer a no-fuss approach to their final arrangements. Unlike other options, there is no funeral or ceremony involved. Instead, the process is handled quickly and efficiently, with the remains returned to the family in an urn.

This option is not only cost-effective, but it also provides flexibility and convenience for families who may wish to plan a memorial service at a later time. With Direct Cremation, loved ones can rest assured that their final wishes are being met while also honouring their memory in a meaningful way.

Difference between a Burial and a Cremation

When it comes to saying goodbye to a loved one, there are a number of options available. Two popular choices are burial and direct cremation.

A burial involves placing the body of the deceased in a casket and burying it in the ground. Burial often includes a funeral service, where friends and family gather to pay their respects.

Direct cremation involves the immediate cremation of the body without any service prior to cremation. However, there are also regular cremation arrangements available that do offer such things as viewings and service prior to the cremation taking place.

Following the cremation, the ashes are typically returned to the family, who can then choose to scatter or keep them.

While each option has its benefits and drawbacks, the decision ultimately comes down to personal preference and beliefs.

Direct Cremation Process

Many people who are looking for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option for their loved one’s final disposition are turning to direct cremation. This increasingly popular method involves cremating the body without a traditional funeral service or viewing beforehand. Some of the key elements involved in a Direct Cremation include:

Body Preparation

Prior to the cremation, the body must be prepared for the process. One question often asked is how long the body can be kept before cremation. Generally, a body can be kept for up to ten days before it needs to be cremated. Another frequently asked question is whether clothes are removed before cremation. This depends on the wishes of the family or the deceased’s instructions. In most cases, the body is cremated with clothes on.

Need for a Coffin

In Australia, it is a legal requirement to use a coffin for every cremation.

Duration of Cremation

Typically, the process takes anywhere from one to three hours depending on factors such as the size of the individual and the type of cremation equipment used. At this difficult time, it’s reassuring to know that the direct cremation process is carried out with the utmost professionalism and care.

Handling of Ashes

Cremation and the handling of ashes are carried out with the greatest degree of professionalism and care. Only one body is cremated individually to ensure that the ashes remain separate. Additionally, each set of ashes is removed from the cremation chamber and placed in a separate container so there is no risk of different ashes getting mixed together.

In Australia, it is possible to keep the ashes at home, as there are no laws against it. Though some local councils may have their own regulations around scattering ashes in public spaces, there is generally no legal restriction on keeping ashes at home.

Personal Farewells Respectful Cost-Conscious Direct Cremations

At Personal Farewells, we understand the importance of giving your loved one a respectful and meaningful goodbye. However, we also believe that this doesn’t have to come with an overwhelming cost. With our direct cremation services, we offer a cost-conscious option while still maintaining the utmost care and dignity for your loved one.

We strive to make this process as stress-free as possible for you and ensure that you feel confident in choosing us to handle this important task.

We offer Direct Cremation Services for $2,990

Our Direct Cremation / NSNA services include;

  • 24/7 Customer care and support
  • Transfer into our care anytime within Sydney or Wollongong
    • We service ALL AREAS OF NSW, including Sutherland Shire, Wollongong and Campbelltown
    • Additional fees apply for all areas outside of these regions
    • There are NO additional costs for after-hours, weekends or public holidays
  • Medical and Cremation Certificate
  • Cremation Coffin
  • Crematorium Cremation Fees
    • Cremation at Macquarie Park Crematorium, North Ryde, NSW or Woronora Memorial Park, Sutherland, NSW
    • Additional fees apply for cremation at other crematoriums
    • Standard-size cremation coffin included
  • Registration and Death Certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
  • Basic Mortuary Care / Professional Service Fees
  • Collection of ashes from our Heathcote, Neutral Bay or Canterbury offices (by appointment), or complimentary personal delivery within Sydney and Wollongong

Should you have any further questions on any details of our packages don’t hesitate to contact us.


When it comes to honouring our loved ones who have passed, choosing between cremation and burial can be a difficult decision. While burials have long been a traditional method of laying the deceased to rest, cremation offers a simpler and more cost-effective solution.

Beyond the practical considerations, cremation also offers a way to celebrate and remember our loved ones in a unique and meaningful way. From scattering ashes in a favourite location to preserving them in a beautiful urn, the possibilities with cremation extend far beyond the traditional funeral service. Ultimately, whether to choose cremation or burial will depend on individual beliefs and preferences, but it is important to understand the benefits and details of each option before making a decision.

During difficult times, it’s important to have a team of experts to guide you through the challenging process of saying goodbye to a loved one. Personal Farewells understands the importance of creating a special memorial and we’re here to offer our support.

Premium Direct Cremations in Sydney is one of our specialties, and we strive to provide the highest level of service to ensure a respectful farewell. Our compassionate and personalised approach helps make the process as smooth as possible, ensuring that every individual is treated with the utmost respect and care. If you’re in need of support during this difficult time, we’re here for you.

Call us on 1300 95 95 33; we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can provide the honest advice and support you need at this time.

For any of your Direct Cremation arrangements, why not contact us today?

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